Diabetes Health in The News Podcast: Congenital Heart Disease Increases Adult Type 2 Diabetes Risk

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Researchers have recently found that patients over 30 years old with congenital heart disease are at an increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes. This Danish study analyzed roughly 5,150 individuals born from 1963-1980 who lived with congenital heart disease up to 30 years of age.

Findings from this study showed that adults with heart disease, in particular, cyanotic congenital heart disease, were at a higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes than adults with acyanotic congenital heart disease. However, both groups had a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes overall when compared to the general population.

These findings were published in  the Journal of the American Heart Association on July 8, 2016.